Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will look to bounce back from his first career loss when he faces Gabriel Rosado in a DAZN main event on Saturday, March 18.
The fight will be a 12-rounder at light heavyweight, a division where Rosado, 37, has never fought in his 17-year professional career.
Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KO) has lost three straight fights to Jaime Munguia, Shane Mosley Jr, and Ali Akhmedov following a one-shot knockout upset win over Bektemir Melikuziev in 2021. He’s naturally a 154 lb fighter who did challenge for world titles at 160 and has fought at a solid level at 168.
“I’m excited to start the year off with a bang! I have a great deal of respect for Zurdo Ramírez. We’re friends, But come March 18, it’s all business,” said Rosado. “This is the kind of fight Gabriel Rosado shows up for! I will not let myself or the fans down.”
The 31-year-old Ramirez (44-1, 30 KO) is a former super middleweight titleholder who was dominated against Dmitry Bivol in his last outing, his first title shot at light heavyweight. Ramirez is a big light heavyweight who tends to rehydrate pretty heavily after weighing in, so you can expect him to have a truly sizable and clear in-ring weight advantage on fight night.
“I’m glad to be back. I had a lot of time to reflect since my last fight and am looking forward to putting on a show against a very-game veteran like Gabe Rosado,” said Ramirez. “Just like everyone else, I have goals, dreams and aspirations to be on top and I feel more motivated today than ever. We may get knocked off our path, but my quest for greatness will never stop. I appreciate all the love from my fans and supporters and I promise to be back with vengeance.”
The fight is being heavily pushed in early advertisement on it being a Mexico vs Puerto Rico matchup.
What do you think of this one? Fine for a “Zurdo” return, or are we pushing too far on Rosado as a dangerous “spoiler” at this point?